June 21, 2019
Bastet - The Feline Egyptian Goddess
At Kitty Bingo we love all Kitties, and we like to find out about kitties young and old – even from ancient history! So, we studied hard and came up with Bastet, a kitty goddess!
Bastet was an Egyptian goddess who protected Pharaohs from their enemies. Bastet or Bast as she was also known, appeared in the third millennium BC. She was also known to be a kind and protective goddess. But she also appeared in battle with the head of a Lioness guarding the king.
At the start, Bastet raised her popularity by becoming the guard of women and the household. Mothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends and sisters were all watched over by her.
The goddess Bastet was second to the goddess Isis in popularity. Her fame even travelled all the way to ancient Greece and Rome, where they made her a goddess in their own culture.
The cat became the symbol of Bastet. Statues of cats were very popular in ancient Egypt. People used them to worship Bastet. Each year, a large festival would take place to celebrate Bastet. Mummified cats were taken to her temple. Litters of kittens were given as presents to friends and family around New Year.
She was always linked to dance and music as well and is always seen carrying a Sistrum in any pictures of her. The Sistrum was a type of rattle and was used in festivals that celebrated Bastet.
The Egyptians believed that she protected their home from vermin such as rats and snakes. This would bring good health and well being. Bastet was also known as the Patron Goddess of Fire Fighters. It was believed in Egypt that whenever a cat ran out of a burning house, flames would follow the cat.
Another thing she was linked to was Perfumes. Some people believed that her name means “She of the ointment jar”. Egyptians believed that she could protect them from deadly diseases. The materials used to make perfumes would have had healing qualities of the sick.
She was a daughter of the Egyptian sun god, Ra. The Egyptians built a massive temple for her in Bubastis. Over the years she had many different names; Basthet, Boubastis, Ubasti and Pasht.
So, there you have it. We are always searching for new kitties at Kitty Bingo! We hope you enjoyed our little history lesson.